I wrote this for Izy's challenge at Real Toads where she prodded us to approach Iconic monsters with either a light of flattery or sympathy. I hope this draws sympathy for a werewolf. :)
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Burn Me Into Ashes of Light
Why can’t it be the moon
shapeshifting into joy
and not my body doomed
to fang and claws by its light?
Tied to this cursed lycanthropy
I howl at the twilight orb
in a macabre sonnet of death.
I am a nightmare stalking prey
who believe my yellow sight
is a dream open eyes can escape.
Teeth sharpened by hunger’s growl
I tear flesh from bone surrendering
to the animal blaspheme has made me.
When daybreak begins to shutter the moon,
agony breaks in beads of remorse across my brow
transforming from wolf into humanity.
Falling to my knees I speak
a prayer to the morning,
“Sun please rise and never set;
torch this darkness I’ve become
and turn its shadow
into blessed ashes of light!
©Susie Clevenger 2013